Synopsis of the Request for Proposal (Individual Consultant (s))

Solicitation Reference No.RFP/RN00791/PARTNERSHIP/2020
Title of SolicitationFood Action Alliance – Africa consultant
Issuing Office & AddressAlliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) Website:
Point of contact for clarifications, questions and ammendmentsAGRA General Procurement,
Email Address for submission of Proposals/ QuotesAGRA General Procurement,
Solicitation Issue DateJune 22, 2020 East African Time.
Deadline for submission questions and clarificationsJune 25, 2020 12:00 PM, East African Time.
Deadline for Answering questions and clarificationsJune 26, 2020 12:00 PM, East African Time.  
Initial Deadline for Submission of ProposalsJuly 1, 2020 12:00 PM, East African Time.
Revises Deadline for Submission of ProposalsJuly 5, 2020 12:00 PM, East African Time. Please include the subject line “RFP/RN00791/PARTNERSHIP/2020” of the email
Submission and Evaluation CriteriaBidder must provide the below listed information   Mandatory Eligibility Requirement   Technical Evaluation Criteria   NB. The minimum technical score shall be 75%. Only the best candidate shall be engaged for financial negotiations.  



The Food Action Alliance (FAA) is an initiative designed to nurture a next generation of value chain partnerships for large-scale food system transformation. Its rationale rests on the urgent need to transform food systems to deliver better, faster, and at scale on food security and nutrition, inclusive growth and decent jobs, environment sustainability and climate resilience, in line with the 2030 Agenda. The FAA is led by the International Fund for Agricultural Development, Rabobank, and the World Economic Forum in partnership with CIAT, WBCSD, AGRA and AfDB, among other partners from business, international organisations, civil society and farmers’ organisations.  FAA partners should strive for the following:

  • alignment of resources of the partners for greatest development impact;
  • engagement of the private sector, especially local champions;
  • support to value chain growth and sustainability.

Focus: Key focus will be:

  • An emphasis of solutions critical in the post-COVID food system transformation including the ‘hidden middle, logistics and storage, food safety and digitalization trends;
  • Focus on mobilizing and providing growth opportunities, specifically those that involve African private sector champions; leading corporates and SMEs that facilitate value chain connectivity;
  • Specifically highlighting value chain resilience, local sourcing and the requirements for regional integration of food value chains.


Grants from AGRA and AFDB will enable the hiring of a consultant for 6-9 months and support the conduct of a mapping exercise through desk research and phone /in-person interviews with prospective Alliance partners in Africa, linking potential partners  and development initiatives, developing a business plan for the Alliance in Africa on the basis of this feedback, organising and networking between important events, such as the World Food Prices, Agribusiness Deal room at the AGRF, the Boardrooms at the Africa Investment Forum, the World Economic Forum at Davos and the Food System Summit and developing an interactive platform of platforms.

The objective of the FAA consultant will be to contribute to the efforts of platform stakeholders in transforming African food systems and strengthening food value chains.

Scope of Work/Responsibilities

Food Action Alliance Africa Consultant is responsible for:

  1. MAPPING private sector and development initiatives – There will be a mapping of large agribusinesses that have a transformational impact, medium and smaller-scale private sector initiatives through desk research and stakeholder consultation. Building on the pre-consultations that alliance partners have conducted earlier this year, there would also be a mapping of development initiatives. There should be special consideration to the 3 foci mentioned above.
  2. Developing and coordinating the execution of a business plan for FAA engagement in Africa – The business plan should in principle identify FLAGSHIPS, leveraging existing programs of alliance partners. key milestones such as the Agribusiness Deal Room of the AGRF in September, the Africa Investment Forum (AIF) of the African Development Bank in November, Davos in January 2021 and the Food Systems Summit in 2021.  The business plan will also align to the broader CAADP strategic framework.
  3. Engaging and creating network of partners in the Alliance in Africa –Based on the mapping, the consultant will be responsible to create an interactive network around FLAGSHIPS of the 3 buckets of enterprises and development initiatives.
  4. Assisting FAA West Africa core partners in establishing a governance structure for implementation for the Alliance in West Africa.

Role Description

  1. Map – through background research and telephone /in-person stakeholder engagement – private sector players and key initiatives of the FAA partners in Africa (AfDB, AGRA, CIAT, WEF, Rabobank, IFAD and others) and identify gaps and challenges that could be addressed by the Alliance. The mapping should also include private sector consultation and the identification of key private sector champions.
  2. Identify 5 initiatives where strong, aggregated stakeholder appetite could drive investment and support scaling and accelerated impact, leveraging the complementary resources and experience of the Alliance partners. These initiatives must demonstrate a holistic food-systems approach, taking into account impacts (mitigation and positive impact) on social, environmental and health indicators. Initiatives should have a strong private sector focus, including engagement and championship of SMEs and national agribusinesses. Initiatives should focus on the connectivity of the food systems, highlighting the role that private sector driven solutions and conducive policies in digitalisation, improved logistics and food safety can play in driving national and international food system efficiency.
  3. Develop a discussion document (draft business plan) based on 2. above to be presented to a wider group of partners
  4. Convene a series of meetings of key stakeholders to present and gain feedback on the draft business plan.
  5. Develop a network of FAA Africa members: Engage relevant stakeholders interested in / key to delivering on the focus projects and goals identified in the working plan
  6. Develop a donor funding proposal for the Alliance in Africa
  7. Develop a proposal for an exit strategy aiming to establish the Alliance as body run by and for members rather than by an institutional structure
  8. Schedule and minute regular calls with the Alliance partners in Africa

Period of Assignment/Time Commitment

The assignment will be carried out within an estimated period of 70 consultancy days (LOE) spread over a 5 months period. Below are the expected timelines, the consultant is expected to provide their proposed Level of Effort to be discussed prior to award.

Estimated Timeline

ActivityDeadline (2020)
Scoping of key initiatives of FAA core Africa partners through desk research and phone / in-person engagement to establish gaps and opportunities for the FAA. Output is a draft business plan detailing opportunity, resource requirements and recommended next steps and resource partners2 Months
Convene key stakeholders and conduct in-country missions to review and provide further input and direction on draft business plan1 month
Broker approval of business plan by FAA Africa core partners1 month
FAA Alliance members recruitedOngoing 
Final proposal for funding coordination MechanismDue- September 2020
Kickstart the process of hiring coordination and governance structure establishedSeptember 2020

Evaluation Criteria for Selection of Consultant

The below evaluation criteria will be used to select the consultant:

Evaluation CriteriaSub criteria/DescriptionScore
Consultant Academic and Professional QualificationMSc in business administration, economics, management or another relevant field Bidder must attach academic and professional certificates20%
Consultant Prior Work ExperienceDetailed and specific experience in undertaking similar roles highlighting; Expertise and lead organisational role in agricultural development programmes in AfricaDemonstrated experience in business plan developmentDemonstrated experience in stakeholder convening and brokering consensus Bidder must attach detailed CV and Proposal letter40%
Language and analytical skillsStrong analytical and information presentation skills Fluency in English and French20%
WorkplanProposed assignment plan that includes clear timelines for the assignment, that demonstrates the understanding of the assignment expectation.20%

Technical & Financial Proposal

The consultant shall be selected on the basis of their proven experience, qualifications and ability to deliver a quality product in a timely and efficient manner.

Proposal Submission

Taking into account the TOR, the candidate should submit a proposal containing the following elements:-

  • Work plan that includes clear timelines for the assignment
  • Consultancy fee for undertaking the assignment and budget breakdown

Financial Proposal

FINANCIAL PROPOSAL must be supported with a breakdown analysis and will provide the following information, but is not limited to:

  1. Professional fees chargeable
  2. Breakdown of the fees and disbursements
  3. Price must be quoted in US Dollars (USD)
  4. All applicable taxes (withholding taxes) shall be included. If the financial proposal is silent on taxes, AGRA shall assume that these are inclusive;
  5. Financial proposal shall be valid for a period of 60 days from the date of bid closure
  6. Financial proposal shall be sent as a separate attachment and MUST password protected



  • Proposals MUST be submitted via email to AGRA General Procurement: on or before the deadline indicated on the synopsis of the RFP
  • All bidders must use the RFP reference number in the subject line of their email submission.
  • Technical proposal and Financial proposal shall be submitted as separate attachment.
  • Neither technical nor financial proposals should exceed 10MB. The proposal with any subsequent modifications and counterproposals, if applicable, shall become an integral part of any resulting contract.
  • Proposal must be provided in English Language

Disclaimer: AGRA reserves the right to determine the structure of the process, number of short-listed participants, the right to withdraw from the proposal process, the right to change this timetable at any time without notice and reserves the right to withdraw this tender at any time, without prior notice and without liability to compensate and/or reimburse any party.

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